Dan Pemstein is an assistant professor of political science at North Dakota State University. He specializes in comparative legislative studies, political economy, and methodology, with research focusing on how career ambition, party organization, and inter-institutional bargaining constraints interact to determine legislative behavior and policy outcomes in the European Union.

Other projects focus on digital political economy and explore questions of measurement in both legislative and comparative politics. Pemstein serves as project manager for measurement methods for the Varieties of Democracy project and has codeveloped Unified Democracy Scores, a set of measures that provides a composite scale of democracy.

He holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.